Sunday, 30 October 2011

Rêverie: Ooh La La!


Introducing 'Rêverie': a series of posts about all the people, places, and things that inspire us! We invite you to steal a moment to daydream and get lost in Rêverie.


"Every day is a fashion show and the world is your runway". -Unknown

Crème de la Crème is right around the corner, and I'm trying really hard not to get over-excited. But with the prospect of couture runway shows, sumptuous treats, and celebrity wedding designer, Preston Bailey, mere days away, I can't help but catch myself dreaming of gorgeous gowns and all the glitter of Crème.

Photo by Jasalyn Thorne Photographers
Lazaro '3004' in our 2010 Crème runway show

The theme of this years' showcase is "Ooh La La"; inspired by the elegance and charm of the Parisian bride. With Colleen in Paris and Crème fast approaching, all this talk en Francais has got me dreaming of Ladurée macarons, Chanel, and the city lights of autumn-time Paris.

Paris lights up the night

At Bisou, we like to offer our stylish brides a more fashion forward approach to their wedding gown; designers such as Oscar de la Renta, Lazaro, and Monique Lhuillier offer brides couture details so that they can walk down their own 'runway' in style.

Oscar de la Renta '33N07'

Why not incorporate some of that Parisian romance into your dream wedding dress? Flowy tulle skirts and glittering bodices evoke the amour of France and will have you dreaming of La Ville-Lumière  in no time...

The Inspiration:

Paris: the city of love and light.

The gown:

Monique Lhuillier 'Confection'

This gorgeous Chantilly lace and tulle ball gown from Monique Lhuillier exudes the romance of Paris while boasting couture flourishes such as a horsehair peplum and split tuxedo neckline. This gown is the perfect marriage of traditional romance with contemporary fashion: a true Confection.

-xoxo, Kelsey

Can't wait to see you all at Crème!

Friday, 21 October 2011

Bisou Love: Jessie + Ryan


Introducing Bisou Love: Here at Bisou, we're blessed to meet wonderful, fantastic brides every day.  'Bisou Love' is our way of sharing those amazing brides, and their love stories, with you. -xoxo, Bisou

When Jessie met Ryan, they had both fate and friends on their side. When a girl heads to a bar with her girlfriend, she doesn't always expect to meet the man she will marry. Yet in Jessie's case, that's exactly what happened.

As the couple recalls their first encounter; Jessie remembers that she thought Ryan was extremely cute and he scored major points when he offered his coat to her later in the evening. Ryan, the romantic that he is, says that he noticed Jessie's eyes first and how beautiful they were.

Photography by Crystal Portraits Photography

The proposal picked up on the romance exactly where their courtship left off. Having already talked of getting married in Italy, Ryan brought Jessie to Chianti Cafe; their favorite Italian restaurant in Edmonton, Alberta. Once the wine had been chosen, Ryan began to tell Jessie that he couldn't imagine spending the rest of his life with anyone else...

The ring that Ryan presented was a special one. Jessie had been very close with her Grandmother, who had given her a ring a few months before she passed away. Jessie had mentioned her Nan's ring to Ryan, and he had the inspired idea of having a replica of the ring made from gold and one of her Mum's pearls. Jessie thought the ring was absolutely "her"; unique and old fashioned.

Planning her wedding is something Jessie seems to have been born to do. When she arrived at Bisou Bridal, nearly every detail of her dream Italian wedding was accounted for. In fact, Jessie had already found the perfect gown by Monique Lhuillier - only she had yet to try it on! With her dream dress only a plane ride away; Jessie, her parents, and Ryan planned a trip to Vancouver.

Jessie arrived with her wonderful mother and we had a great time trying dress after dress (there wasn't a single one that she didn't look fantastic in!). As Jessie put her favorite dress on one more time, her "yes to the dress" moment was made even more perfect when her father stopped in to see his daughter.

The wedding, which will take place at Lake Como in Northern Italy, is destined to be absolutely perfect

For Jessie & Ryan, wedding bells will ring on September 2nd, 2012. When I asked them how they wanted their wedding day to be, they so eloquently said, "carpe diem."

Friday, 14 October 2011

Rêverie: Countdown to Crème de la Crème


Introducing 'Rêverie': a series of posts about all the people, places, and things that inspire us! We invite you to steal a moment to daydream and get lost in rêverie.


"Clothes and jewellery should be startling, individual."
-Alexander McQueen


The fall season connotes many things: apple pie, falling leaves, cozy evenings, and the Crème de la Crème Grand Wedding Showcase! 

The Crème de la Crème exhibition is hosted annually by Countdown Events, and this year it falls on November 6th at the gorgeous Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver. Celebrity wedding designer Preston Bailey will be attending, and we couldn't be more excited! 

A table design and floral arrangement by Preston Bailey.

Now, Crème is always amazing, but this year it will be extra fabulous! We're all huge fans of Bailey's work, from his breathtaking tablescapes to gravity defying floral arrangements and, if given the chance to meet him, there is a high probability that I will swoon embarrassingly like a school girl! 

We can't wait to get started on our haute couture fashion show at Crème, and we were so inspired that we got started a little early! 

The inspiration:

Creme de la Creme postcard inspired by Preston Bailey.
The gown:

Lazaro '3161' gown with jeweled bodice and floral silk organza skirt. 

Lazaro '3161' is brand new and already one of my favourites! The bodice is intricately beaded with jewels and crystals, and the floral silk organza skirt has cascading jewels peeking out between the flowers. 

We can't wait to see you all at the Creme de la Creme Grand Wedding Showcase!

-xoxo, Kelsey

Saturday, 8 October 2011

Bling Boutique Show: Bridal Showcase 2011


Last Sunday, the wedding industry's finest descended upon the legendary and historic Rosewood Hotel Georgia for the Bling Boutique Bridal Show. Brides who attended had the opportunity to witness the beauty of the Rosewood hotel first hand and make connections with the vendors that will be responsible for making their wedding day wishes come true in the upcoming months.

All photography by Yaletown Photography

A stunning tablescape by The Wedding Design Studio and a breathtaking floral arrangement by Balconi Floral Design

There were delectable treats and swoonworthy tablescapes, yet for many it was our bridal showcase that was the highlight of their day. It was more than a half hour before the first show when excited brides began to arrive, many accompanied by their dedicated bridal party and others with patient grooms in tow.

All photography by Yaletown Photography

As brides took their seats, the atmosphere was electric. A hush came over the crowd as the first chords from the string trio filled the room and brides began to picture their own walk down the aisle...

Lazaro '3164'. All photography by Yaletown Photography.  Hair by Opus Salon. Makeup by Tarah Kostenko

Lazaro '3167'

Monique Lhuillier 'Confection'

Augusta Jones 'Juno'
All photography by Yaletown Photography

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Rêverie: 4 women, a lot of Elton John, and a brand new city!


Introducing 'Rêverie': a series of posts about all the people, places, and things that inspire us! We invite you to steal a moment to daydream and get lost in rêverie.


"Do what you love, love what you do."
-Jeff Mallet. 

We've all been so busy at Bisou lately, we thought it would be a great idea to plan a mini girls' getaway to Seattle for some shopping, great food, and better company. We waved goodbye to the store after closing on a Sunday, piled into the car with our luggage (most of which was mine...) and headed out on our adventure. 

Bye-Bye Bisou!

Although we probably overpacked,
we all managed to forget our jackets!

One thing you probably didn't know about the Bisou ladies is that we love karaoke. And by karaoke I mean singing along very poorly to the golden oldies. We always have a special seat reserved for Elton John on our trips. 

Colleen rocking out to Tiny Dancer.

After a long drive and a struggle with a rebellious GPS, we arrived in downtown Seattle. As soon as we reached the city limits, I couldn't wait to see the Space Needle. It's such a definitive emblem of Seattle, and such a unique and contemporary piece of architecture. The Needle was originally designed to represent both a UFO and an hourglass shape: mixing modernity with sensuality. We were so inspired by the sights of Seattle that we couldn't help but translate the beauty of the city into ideas for the perfect wedding look!

The Inspiration:

Seattle Space Needle
The Gown:

Oscar de la Renta '22N28' This gorgeous silk taffeta and silk organza gown evokes a fun and contemporary feeling while still showing off your curves.

Perfect with:

These metallic gold Jimmy Choos are sleek and elegant with a modern twist. 

Homa #223E Earrings

We had a fabulous dinner at RN74 and retired to an early night's sleep. 

Natalie & Colleen eagerly await their dinners.

We had only one definite plan for our Monday afternoon: shopping! We were all on the hunt for practical boots, so of course we all ended up with completely impractical purchases. The sunshine had finally come out and we walked through Pike Place Market and ate "world-famous" macaroni and cheese outside on the grass. 

Relaxing in the Seattle sun!

Pike Place Market has such a fun, authentic vibe. There are tons of open-air vendors lining the streets and some truly amazing talent busking on the street corners. The market opened in 1907 and still retains a retro feel while incorporating modern eco-chic . It's also the inspiration for the name of Starbuck's new signature blend! (one of the many businesses with its roots planted in Seattle).

Elise and Nat on a mission for mac & cheese.
Pike Place is the perfect inspiration for the fun and quirky bride with a penchant for anything antique and retro. 

The Inspiration:
Pike Place Market.

The Gown:
Lazaro 3004: silk tulle with Alencon lace appliques, sparkle net underlay and beaded pearl and crystal belt and natural waist. This gown is perfect for the bride who takes her inspiration from years gone by and bohemian styles.

Perfect with:
Jennifer Behr lace cage veil `Dorothee`
These retro-style Louboutins add a splash of vintage colour with a sleek modern look.

We stopped at the Seattle outlets on our way out of the city and did some damage!

At the Seattle Outlets.

And who could forget a pilgrimage to where the magic all began?

Starbucks Coffee Co. was founded in 1971 in Pike Place Market, and was opening a new location every workday by the 1990's.

Speaking of the 1990's... Seattle holds a special place in my heart because of my love of grunge music. Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Mudhoney, Alice in Chains, and Soundgarden all have their roots in the Seattle area. The Experience Music Project and adjoining Science Fiction Museum (grunge music and Star Wars?! Be still my beating heart!) are a must visit for all-ages. The EMP Museum was designed by Frank Gehry and is an absolutely breathtaking work of architecture!

The Inspiration:

The EMP. 

This gorgeous building is as fascinating on the inside as it is on the outside. The sheet metal exterior mimics the movement of sound waves and the curves of an electric guitar: the perfect inspiration for the musically-inclined bride to be. 

The gown:

Tara Keely '2060'. Tissue-taffeta trumpet gown with draped sweetheart bodice & black tissue taffeta bow.

Converse sneakers: comfy and stylish!

Oscar de la Renta statement necklace.

We can't wait until our next trip to Seattle, which I'm sure will be just as filled with fun and inspiration!  -xoxo, Kelsey

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